Seattle City Council Supports Occupy Seattle!

November 14, 2011.

Seattle now joins such cities as Los Angeles, Buffalo, NY, Victoria, BC, and San Francisco in its support of the Occupy movement. The Council today passed resolution 31337 recognizing and supporting the exercise of First Amendment rights by Occupy Seattle as a fundamental right in the effort to redress economic injustice in America today. The resolution was introduced by Councilmember Nick Licata, cosponsored by Mike O’Brien and passed unanimously.

Occupy Seattle applauds the City Council for supporting Occupy Seattle and for recognizing the need for the City to do more to address the economic insecurity and destructive disparities that are at the root of the current economic crisis. In particular, Occupy Seattle urges the City to follow through on the resolution’s key steps:

1) review city banking and investment practices to ensure that public funds are invested in financial institutions that support our community.
2) address the circumstances and causes of home foreclosures in Seattle, the financial institutions involved in the foreclosures and the methods, tactics and apparent inequities in those foreclosures
3) address economic inequality and wealth disparities by identifying effective approaches to asset building, job training, access to banking and financial services, educational attainment, family support, and access to health care for historically denied populations
4) redress the adverse impact of both tax shifts and lost revenue to the City from exemptions or waivers allowed for City taxes
5) work with the State Legislature toward a more equitable tax structure in the state
6) reform city election campaign financing
7) use available resources to provide assistance for the most vulnerable people in Seattle particularly as Federal and State resources decline
8) urge Congress to support job creation, substantial investments in the nation’s physical and technological infrastructure and deficit reduction by adopting fiscal policies with equitable corporate and individual taxation
9) urge Congress to let the Bush era tax cuts expire
10) urge Congress to tighten regulation of the banking and financial sector and
11) urge Congress to increase community-building block grants for local schools and social services and protect public education from devastating cuts.

Formed on October 1, 2011 Occupy Seattle is a leaderless movement of concerned Americans who have taken to occupying public spaces in order to focus our nation’s attention on the undue influence of large corporations on our government, elected leaders and our democracy itself. It is inspired by and modeled after the Occupy Wall Street movement.

2 Responses to Seattle City Council Supports Occupy Seattle!

  • KennSpace says:

    Dear Washington State Patrol,

    I have sent this letter to as many of Seattle, and Washington State Lawmakers as I can find. I sent it to President Obama. I have posted and linked it hundreds of times on the web. I am just one guy, there will be thousands of people practicing democracy on January 20th, 2012. I worked with the Washington State Patrol when I organized a protest at the capitol in Olympia. It was actually a pleasure. They made me feel they were there to protect me, as much as anyone else. The Olympia Police were also easy to work with and good partners. I have concerns about Seattle police. I hope you will help them with this demonstration, I feel they could learn something from you.

    Thank you,
    Kenn (letter follows)
    (I have Tolstoy in my blood, sorry it’s so long.).

    Dear Mr. President,

    There is a very large demonstration being planned for January 20th, 2012 at the Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart street in Seattle, – and at every Federal Courthouse in the United States.. There are many groups organizing and “gearing up” for this demonstration. I will be promoting and advertising it. This “occupy movement” has only just begun. I suggest you figure out your plan of action and response; The rules of engagement; – Need a way better understanding of what is going on; – than during WTO in Seattle. Treat the people like they are the enemy, and they will become it.

    I am hoping that what I say makes sense to someone, and they will start writing and treating this “occupy movement” with the respect it is going to earn. Did you see where Israel had a demonstration of 500,000 people demanding concessions from their government? It worked. Listen to Martin Luther King, his words are as meaningful today as they were then. This struggle for economic justice and government control will be won by the people! (It is very old..).

    I feel the occupy movement does have a basic underlying message; Stop letting money decide political elections; And regulate corporate lobbying (and all lobbying) making it a public forum. Right now lobbying is mostly two old white guys sitting across from each other in an office. “They” have probably worked with each other or went to the same school; And “they” have promised you a job when you get out of politics, — tripling your present salary!. The “lobbyist” used to be a “politician”, it worked for him!. Who owns who? – That’s a “Person-hood”.

    I lived in the Glenn Hotel in downtown Seattle when the WTO protests happened. It happened at my front door. I was a part of it, promoting it, and involved in it. There is something going on, and I am going to be a part of it again. I have helped organize and promote protests in Bellevue, Olympia, and Seattle Washington; another big one is coming. I feel it will be a “WTO” sized protest in multiple cities.

    “I” was at the WTO protests in Seattle Washington, (with thousands of “other” really awesome “people”, and a few “freaks”) when a bunch of “anarchists” started busting windows with crowbars. We surrounded them, and they got in a circle with their crowbars. I tried to get the “Seattle police” to come arrest “these anarchists”, that were only fifty feet away and threatening violence and breaking windows… The “Seattle police” would not budge from their “police line”, making all of “us” the “enemy”…. (There were thousands of “union” and “other” people sitting and standing in the street, – it was a relatively peaceful protest until the windows started breaking…). ” I” am not the “enemy”.

    I will be in Seattle at 700 Stewart street at the Federal courthouse January 20th, 2012!!! I know we can do this better than last time.

    The Corporate Occupation of the United States

    Our corporate controlled government (through corporate lobbying and election funding ) is out of the peoples control. People want government control back. Makes sense to me… I feel US corporate capitalism (corporatism) is a type of economic fascism: To have a corporate being where the chain of command eventually muddles all responsibility to any human being. These corporate beings are running your life, and controlling your government. (Enough to really make an individual mad and protest.) In reality, the corporate being does not exist, and when it comes to face it’s corporate responsibility, it is a piece of paper. (Or a CEO saying; “I do not recall that”, “I did not have that information”, “that was not my responsibility, I was running the company, and not just that department”,,, and on and on. It has bred a corporate culture of abuse, because they keep getting away with it..), Corporate person-hood is plain and simply wrong: A corporation is not a human being. Restore capitalism to individual responsible chains of command, or this struggle will be lost.

    Please Sign the petition to amend the Constitution for revoking corporate personhood at:

    movetoamend.org

    (I feel January 20th, 2012: will be a bigger day in US history than WTO in Seattle. The battle continues, rage against the machine is real.)

    January 20, 2012 – Move to Amend Occupies the Courts!

    Move To Amend is planning bold action to mark this date — Occupy the Courts — a one day occupation on Friday January 20, 2012, of the Federal Courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States and as many of the 89 U.S. District Court Buildings as we can. (I am inspired by Doctor Martin Luther King who said; “a true revolution of values”, … “there comes a time when silence is betrayal”., “people are not gonna be silenced”.). Move to Amend will lead the charge on the judiciary which created — and continues to expand — corporate personhood rights.

    It’s Time to GET MONEY OUT of politics
    Bailouts. War. Unemployment. Our government is bought, and we’re angry. Now, we’re turning our anger into positive action. By signing this petition, you are joining our campaign to get money out of politics. Our politicians won’t do this. But we will. We will become an unrelenting, massive organized wave advocating a Constitutional amendment to get money out of politics.

    Please sign the petition!

    http://www.getmoneyout.com/

    https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/require-federal-agencies-reveal-special-funding-requests-members-congress-making-these-public-real/Sv4WRnHl

    ………………………………………………………………………………………

    My friend and I put on a protest in Olympia for World Can’t Wait Oct. 5, 2006 at the capitol. Here are some photos…

    http://www.creativeflashes.com/Politics/World-Cant-Wait-Oct-5th-2006/1971747_r54FkC/1/100377072#100377079_npPWj

    I also coordinated and promoted a protest in Bellevue when Bush was there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hzh3OtBgNI&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPoWphQhdm0&NR=1

    Happy to say both worked out without arrest, injury or property damage! I worked with the Washington State Patrol in Olympia, and Bellevue Police beforehand, and we pretty much understood the rules of engagement. Medina police were not good partners..

    http://open.salon.com/blog/kennspace/2011/10/28/corporate_occupation_of_the_united_states_1

  • msmikestew35 says:

    Certainly it cannot be true that NY supports OWS. Just today, the park was cleared.

    The organizers are getting little thrills when the city warmly invites them to their plush halls – while the rest of you brave the cold in the tents. They know that the citys is lieing but attempt to deceive us that it is the truth.

    And this is how the leaders of this so-called “leaderless” movement attempt to disarm us. Quite a number of protesters and sympathizers are elated to hear of this professed support from the city and when the protestors are finally evicted, they and the public might think “well, perhaps the protestors were really making a safety issue after all, otherwise why would the city that supported the movement evict us?”.

    The public who are sympathetic to OWS and are thus not ready to believe any professed support of the city to the movement will believe the OWS organizers when they claim that the city supports the OWS. This is how the organizers poison the public against OWS, after the crackdown.

    The organizers are quite deliberately working with the media, the city to poison the public mind in this fashion. Some of them continually bring up health and safety issues in the camps in GA so that this becomes a record that city officials can use later to evict the protestors.

    Be warned. It is imperative that this movement replaces this rotten leadership with those who want to provide the movement political independence.

    For now, please take careful note of those that are taking the movement in favor of the city. They can be identified as follows:

    1) They insist on safety / health issues in GA meetings
    2) They insist on calling the police to the camps to solve disputes
    3) They like to hobnob with the city people
    4) They never bring up the demands of the 99% for a discussion, and instead pick up some minor issue the city is dealing with and try to misdirect OWS behind that

    If possible, see where they go and what they do. For ex, are they dropping syringes on purpose on the camp grounds?